Eaton Marketing - Jun 4, 2019

Two Ways Ice-O-Matic Ice Machines Helped Solve Big Challenges

It's exciting to find ways that different products make our lives simpler in real-world ways. In terms of food and beverage, ice machines are certainly part of this equation. Here are two examples of how Ice-O-Matic helped solve problems.

The Foundation for Blind Children

For individuals with vision problems or blindness, the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) is the go-to place that offers everything from family support to college preparation and special events. They are driven to be the best source of education, services, and tools that provide independence for the visually impaired.

But when the staff and students at the FBC requested an ice machine to keep up with their needs - from keeping drinks cool to filling ice chests during special occasions to providing relief to bumps and scrapes - Chief Executive Officer Marc Ashton thought it was a luxury the foundation simply couldn't afford.

However, working with a local distributor of commercial ice-machines, Ashton discovered the Ice-O-Matic GEMD270 - Nugget Ice/Water Dispenser and water filtration system in May 2014. The practical and compact Ice-O-Matic GEMD270 can produce 273 pounds of soft, chewable ice per day with storage up to 12 pounds.

The results of this investment were astounding.

Improved Morale

Ashton noted that after installing the ice machine, he noticed that students and staff alike seemed happier. They regularly comment on the ice system and their love of the nugget ice the machine produces. 

Reduced Travel and Supply Costs

Before receiving the Ice-O-Matic ice machine, staff had to travel to purchase bags of ice from the local convenience stores. It is estimated the use of the ice machine saves the FBC staff around one hour per week in time, giving them more time to spend with students.

Enhanced Sustainability

In addition to not having to drive to get a plastic bag of ice, staff and students are encouraged to use reusable water bottles and canteens instead of paper cups or plastic single-use water bottles.

Since the Ice-O-Matic has an optional water filtration system, students who would otherwise be unable to identify visual defects of water, don't need to worry about whether or not their water is clean.

The BSide

Denver, Colorado has no shortage of bar restaurants or cocktail lounges which is why BSide Co-Owner Justin Lloyd knew they needed to come up with something unique that would help them stand out besides their "boozecicles" and snow cones. 

Lloyd knew that every great cocktail begins with great ice and he was particular about size and shape, especially for craft cocktails.

Then he discovered the Ice-O-Matic ICE0856GA cuber that produces up to 850 lbs. of ice per day and is Energy Star® certified. He couldn't be happier with the results.


The BSide serves as much as 300 cocktails on busy nights and needs a minimum of 300 pounds of ice per day. This model of Ice-O-Matic easily keeps up with this demand and produces consistent, beautiful ice that compliments BSide's impressive list of craft cocktails.

Great Press

The BSide frequently receives press coverage and customer reviews that compliments them for their unique and delicious beverages. Lloyd links the success and popularity of their drinks to Ice-O-Matic's Grande Cubes.

Buy Local

BSide sells mostly locally or regionally produced items and because buying local was important to Lloyd. So being able to work with a Colorado-based company made investing in this ice machine even more appealing.

Customer Service

Because the quality of ice is vital to quality drinks. Lloyd was not going to settle for anything but the best. For this reason, he contacted Ice-O-Matic after the machine was installed because he was not happy with the uniformity of the cubes. The company was prompt in their response and sent a technician out and resolved the issue quickly.

From ice machines to storage bins and water dispensers, Ice-O-Matic has 60 years of experience in providing excellence in ice solutions. To learn more about Ice-O-Matic, download our free Ice Guide today to get the basics on selecting an ice machine.

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